These Are The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Louisville For 2018


We used data and science to identify the neighborhoods in Louisville that are the real pits.

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Louisville’s neighborhoods conjure up too many stereotypes to count. You’ve got hipster areas, preppy places, neighborhoods where college kids thrive, and of course, ghettos.

It seems as if there’s a neighborhood for everyone in Louisville.

And while the city consistently ranks as one of the best places to live in the country thanks in part to a strong economy and tons of entertainment, it’s not all rainbows and sunshine in Louisville. Some neighborhoods aren’t as great as others.

So the question arises, which Louisville neighborhoods are the worst, and which are the best?

Today, we’ll use science and data to determine which Louisville hoods need a little tender loving care – the sore thumbs of the Louisville area if you will. Realistically, you can’t expect all the neighborhoods to be amazing, although Highlands Douglas ranks way above the rest.

We examined 67 of Louisville’s neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These ten places don’t quite measure up to Louisville’s reputation:

  1. Park Hill
  2. California
  3. Russell
  4. Portland
  5. Smoketown Jackson
  6. Parkland
  7. Algonquin
  8. Jacobs
  9. Soutland Park
  10. Chickasaw

Read on to see how we determined the places around Louisville that need a pick-me-up. And remember, don’t blame the messenger.

Once you’re done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of every neighborhood we looked at from worst to best.

Looking for places to avoid outside of the city? You can also check out the worst suburbs of Louisville.

And if you’re looking for something more national, check out the worst cities in America or the most dangerous cities in America.

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How we determined the worst Louisville hoods

To figure out how bad a place is to live in, we only needed to know what kinds of things people like and then decide what places have the least amount of those things. We threw the following criteria into this analysis in order to get the best, most complete results possible. We used this set of criteria for each neighborhood in Louisville:

  • High unemployment (Less jobs)
  • Low median income (Less pay)
  • Low population density (No things to do)
  • Low home values (No one’s willing to pay to live here)
  • High crime (Estimated)

Then, we ranked each neighborhood in Louisville for each of these criteria from worst to best.

Next, we averaged the individual rankings for each criteria into a “Worst Score”.

The neighborhood with the lowest “Worst Score” ranks as the worst neighborhood of Louisville.

Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around Louisville to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 67 neighborhoods ranked from worst to best.

This list is a scientific analysis based on real data and is completely unbiased. Hold on to your pants.

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1. Park Hill

Population: 3,322
Median Income: $23,213
Median Home Value: $55,425

2. California

Population: 4,589
Median Income: $20,324
Median Home Value: $53,012

3. Russell

Population: 8,691
Median Income: $17,320
Median Home Value: $45,436

4. Portland

Population: 9,766
Median Income: $20,959
Median Home Value: $43,371

5. Smoketown Jackson

Population: 1,801
Median Income: $18,048
Median Home Value: $65,800

6. Parkland

Population: 5,026
Median Income: $23,153
Median Home Value: $65,544

7. Algonquin

Population: 6,661
Median Income: $25,211
Median Home Value: $57,391

8. Jacobs

Population: 5,821
Median Income: $22,459
Median Home Value: $51,580

9. Soutland Park

Population: 867
Median Income: $29,302
Median Home Value: $93,500

10. Chickasaw

Population: 4,563
Median Income: $25,217
Median Home Value: $73,362

The ‘hoods around Louisville that are really hoods

Well there you have it — the worst of the neighborhoods in Louisville with Park Hill landing at the bottom of the pack.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Louisville aren’t all bad. Highlands Douglas takes the cake as the best place to live in Louisville.

We ranked the neighborhoods from worst to best in the chart below.

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Detailed List Of The Worst Louisville Neighborhoods

Neighborhood Rank Population Median Income Median Home Values
Park Hill 1 3,322 $23,213 $55,425
California 2 4,589 $20,324 $53,012
Russell 3 8,691 $17,320 $45,436
Portland 4 9,766 $20,959 $43,371
Smoketown Jackson 5 1,801 $18,048 $65,800
Parkland 6 5,026 $23,153 $65,544
Algonquin 7 6,661 $25,211 $57,391
Jacobs 8 5,821 $22,459 $51,580
Soutland Park 9 867 $29,302 $93,500
Chickasaw 10 4,563 $25,217 $73,362
Park Duvalle 11 3,866 $25,717 $86,200
Phoenix Hill 12 3,898 $25,931 $64,940
Hallmark 13 571 $23,521 $89,400
Shawnee 14 10,942 $30,990 $64,433
Limerick 15 1,253 $23,649 $105,000
Hazelwood 16 1,693 $32,606 $68,700
Wyandotte 17 3,655 $28,734 $70,950
South Louisville 18 4,713 $30,905 $73,917
Taylor Berry 19 6,396 $30,688 $71,225
Shelby Park 20 3,054 $23,159 $72,733
Camp Taylor 21 1,559 $31,076 $98,950
Prestonia 22 1,307 $42,536 $100,350
University 23 2,454 $26,609 $126,020
Saint Joseph 24 3,004 $34,656 $104,960
Edgewood 25 1,501 $33,500 $93,175
Highland Park 26 76 $36,103 $128,300
Fairgrounds 27 458 $36,103 $128,300
Kenwood Hill 28 2,063 $39,355 $109,675
Southside 29 6,008 $36,565 $84,150
Iroquios Park 30 1,319 $44,159 $129,350
Wilder Park 31 2,527 $26,953 $99,133
Butchertown 32 900 $39,710 $130,700
Irish Hill 33 1,304 $39,365 $123,000
Iroquois 34 4,823 $37,705 $86,340
Merriwether 35 1,582 $48,928 $95,700
Beechmont 36 7,752 $38,394 $106,256
Bashford Manor 37 4,700 $28,765 $88,140
Old Louisville 38 9,649 $23,856 $174,169
Paristowne Point 39 337 $36,646 $124,800
Central Business District 40 2,555 $19,234 $268,100
Poplar Level 41 1,674 $66,389 $171,400
Bon Air 42 6,144 $40,180 $134,444
Clifton 43 2,684 $41,247 $142,450
Schnitzelburg 44 4,106 $43,979 $119,850
Cloverleaf 45 3,605 $54,325 $125,300
Clifton Heights 46 4,886 $32,730 $110,533
Klondike 47 4,639 $48,336 $134,544
Audubon 48 6,200 $48,176 $142,000
Hikes Point 49 3,623 $60,412 $173,150
Hawthorne 50 1,989 $65,439 $177,175
Avondale Melbourne Heights 51 2,195 $62,136 $157,900
Bowman 52 2,022 $69,167 $228,217
Brownsboro Zorn 53 1,908 $64,148 $213,433
Crescent Hill 54 7,462 $58,529 $237,625
Germantown 55 3,796 $46,379 $178,300
Highlands 56 1,308 $55,060 $166,050
Tyler Park 57 2,480 $62,147 $268,350
Cherokee Seneca 58 1,491 $72,214 $314,500
Cherokee Gardens 59 859 $122,774 $519,550
Cherokee Triangle 60 3,946 $51,105 $270,580
Rock Creek Lexington Road 61 1,974 $76,864 $251,625
Hayfield Dundee 62 2,475 $67,450 $216,200
Gardiner Lane 63 998 $67,560 $191,400
Belknap 64 3,928 $71,044 $244,220
Deer Park 65 3,886 $70,345 $230,220
Bonnycastle 66 2,162 $66,873 $396,300
Highlands Douglas 67 2,998 $81,663 $339,820

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